The use of Icarus...Kay calls it flaky, Barbara says it's one error in an otherwise outstanding production. It's such a great painting that I liked seeing it on display all through the opera. True, it imparts a sort of nobility to Gustavo that he doesn't deserve (the only thing he aspires to is Amelia's bed). Maybe the director didn't want the connection to be so much to Icarus but to the act of falling itself.
Incidentally, I liked this production too, and Alvarez surprised me as well. He was terrific.